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Welcome to Scotland
If you’re preparing to live, work or study in Scotland from overseas, these online resources may help you.
Explore support options for:
- learning English
- visas, immigration and taxes
- international students
Build your confidence
If English is not your first language, you can take a course to improve your language skills and build your confidence.
You can view a range of learning options on esl.co.uk.
The Bridges Programmes offer support for refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and anyone for whom English is a second language, living in Glasgow. They can help with things like work placements and employability support.
English language qualifications
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language test for study, migration or work. It is accepted widely by employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies around the world.
Visit ielts.org if you’d like to take a test or access practice questions.
Visas, immigration and taxes
For information and advice on immigration, and visas for work or study, visit gov.uk.
For advice on tax and National Insurance for migrant workers in Scotland, HM Revenue and Customs have everything you’ll need.
Migrant Help support people affected by displacement. They can help you obtain financial support and access to an Aspen Card. An Aspen Card is a debit payment card given to UK asylum seekers by the Home Office.
Help for refugees and asylum seekers
If you require clothing, school supplies, toiletries or other essential supplies, Refuweegee’s shop service is open to everyone.
Similarly, Maslow’s in Glasgow also offer free clothing and supplies.
Scottish Refugee Council offer a range of employability services amongst others. Their country-wide map of support that you can use to find support networks in your area. Through the Scottish Refugee Council, you can also access the integration service and the destitution service.
For those affected by trauma or who require therapy, Freedom of Torture can help.
The Aberlour Guardianship service provide support for unaccompanied children and young people trying to navigate a new city and the asylum system.
Help for international students
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (CISA) has helpful advice and information for international students who are studying, or want to study, in the UK.
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) shares expertise in student career development.